Students and instructors in the automotive program at Proviso East High School were featured in a segment on the WGN-TV News on February 20.
The nearly three-minute feature
, reported by Ms. Sarah Jindra, a WGN-TV traffic reporter, detailed what the program covers and its need for donations of vehicles on which students can learn. The story told of how the 250 students in the mechanics class have only three vehicles on which to work. The others had been either been damaged beyond repair by debris from a fire at Proviso East in May 2014 or stolen from the school’s lot.
Interviewed in the story were Mr. Frank Bexes and Mr. Dan Cox, the class’ instructors, as well as several students.
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent at Proviso Township High Schools District 209, said that career and technical education programs such as the automotive courses are beneficial for students who are trying to determine what they will do after graduating from high school. She said that the students would benefit from any donations.
"Students achieve more when they know that they have the support of everyone around them, whether they are parents, teachers, or the community at large," Dr. Collins-Hart said. "With our emphasis on college and career readiness, this program helps students know what options are out there for them to consider, and we welcome contributions from the community."
The main theme in the story was about the need for vehicles. Mr. Bexes said that with the program’s new scanning systems and technology, they are looking for vehicles made after 2000. For those interested in donating, please contact Mr. Bexes at email@example.com.